Arsenal Venture Partners (AVP) is the leading venture capital firm focused on the intersection of the commercial and defense markets. AVP, formerly known as MILCOM Venture Partners, manages multiple early-stage venture capital funds including Arsenal Venture Partners II, OnPoint Technologies, and MILCOM Technologies. Through the funds it manages, the AVP team has invested in dozens of portfolio companies across three primary sectors: communications & IT, power & energy, and environmental & industrial technologies.
As active early-stage investors, AVP’s appetite for technologically and financially ambitious projects sets the firm apart. AVP portfolio companies are able to leverage the AVP team’s unique depth of experience and it’s deep relationships in the defense community to achieve market success.
For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities, combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals.
BDO serves clients through more than 41 offices and over 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through a global network of 1,118 offices in 135 countries. BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the US member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.
Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest law firms in the Midwest and has offices in Michigan, New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico, and China. Since our inception, we have played a prominent role in the development and growth of many industries.
We have a long and successful history of developing new capabilities and deepening our expertise for our clients’ benefit. We strive to be on the cutting edge of technology, manufacturing, e-commerce, biotechnology, intellectual property, and cross-border operations and transactions. Business leaders have turned to us for innovative, highly-effective legal counsel for over 150 years.
CFE is Impact Driven — we shape entrepreneurs who want to have a positive impact on society – with disruptive ideas that are scalable and meet a societal need. CFE supports these entrepreneurs and connects them with the Michigan entrepreneurial network.
Founded in 2008, the Center grew out of the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Committee on Entrepreneurial Environment and Programs (CEEPS), a group of faculty that released its recommendations in the report ““Empowering Entrepreneurial Students.”” The Committee recognized that young innovators can help stimulate the state’s economy. It also recognized that there were a large number of aspiring entrepreneurs already at the University of Michigan, but that these individuals were unconnected and did not feel empowered to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas. While the College already had entrepreneurial faculty, alumni, facilities, and corporate partners committed to inspiring and guiding young entrepreneurs, it was lacking a focal point capable of coordinating these resources. Thus, the Committee recommended the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Engineering.
Realizing Entrepreneurial Innovation is the mission of Flagship Ventures. The firm operates through two synergistic units: VentureLabs which invents and launches transformative companies, and Venture Capital, which finances and realizes innovative, early-stage companies. Founded in 2000, and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Flagship Ventures manages over $900 million in capital. The Flagship team innovates and invests in three principal business sectors: therapeutics; medical technologies; and sustainability/clean technology. Whether we are founding or funding new ventures, our commitment to maximizing the value of entrepreneurial innovation is unparalleled.
GM Ventures is the venture capital arm of General Motors. We invest in growth-stage companies to enhance GM’s ability to innovate and ensure our customers have access to the best technology. GM Ventures provides our partners with an ideal platform for commercializing innovation in the global transportation industry.
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (www.honigman.com) is pleased to help sponsor the Midwest Green Technology Entrepreneur Academy. We are proud to have this opportunity to highlight our extensive venture capital practice, the only Michigan-based venture capital team rated in the top tier of the U.S. News/Best Lawyers rankings. Our venture capital lawyers provide the full range of services required by technology-based companies and their sources of capital, including fund formation, equity and debt financings, structuring strategic alliances, intellectual property protection, evaluation and licensing and, of course, exit transactions. At Honigman, we have always been extraordinarily devoted to our clients and their business needs. Come talk to us about the business advantage we can provide to you.
NextEnergy provides an engine for technology development and deployment, both nationally and locally. We are helping change the national conversation about Michigan, heightening awareness of the state as an alternative-energy leader and building on the state’s ongoing commitment to leadership in the development of alternative and renewable energy. The State of Michigan lists alternative energy number one among rapidly growing business opportunities.
Nth Power is a venture capital firm based in San Francisco and is the first and most experienced venture capital firm funding promising startup companies in the growing sector of energy technology, materials and other related businesses. With $420 million under management in four funds and an investment record that begins in 1997, Nth Power is widely known and well regarded as the driving force behind many of the most successful energy technology companies.
The firm’s leading history in energy related venture capital is the result of a deep network of energy entrepreneurs, universities and research institutions, unmatched corporate relationships and the backing of institutional capital. And because the firm is located in the center of much of where energy is innovating, Nth Power plays a visionary role in pushing forward the businesses that are addressing some of the worlds most pressing energy challenges.
Plante & Moran is the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, providing clients with financial, human capital, operations improvement, strategic planning, technology selection and implementation, and family wealth management services. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Monterrey, Mexico, Mumbai, India and Shanghai, China. Plante & Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan residents, businesses and public institutions. A U.S. Department of Energy designated state energy office, the MEO operates as a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development. MEDC, founded in 1999, also developed and manages the state’s popular Pure Michigan brand.
Miller Johnson provides legal counsel to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in areas such as entity formation, raising capital, SBA loans, strategic partnering, tax planning, employee issues and contract drafting. Working with our clients, we develop a solid legal structure which compliments their overall business strategy. This approach enables us to provide cost effective legal services specifically tailored to meet the clients’ needs. We explain complicated legal issues in plain English, and use our experience to develop creative solutions. We call this philosophy “down-to-earth and down to business”.
RPM Ventures has leveraged Midwest Centers of Excellence in establishing its reputation as a national specialist and regional generalists. As a national specialist we invest in companies across the United States selling to the Midwest manufacturing or automotive customer base. As a regional generalist we work to create companies based on novel technologies developed from Midwest research centers.
Varnum LLP is a full service law firm with more than 150 attorneys in five offices located in the state of Michigan, U.S.A. Varnum attorneys have distinguished themselves in community service, and were recently recognized by the Governor of the State of Michigan for the MiSpringboard program which provides $1 million in free legal services for entrepreneurs and growing companies. Varnum’s diverse and well-rounded team of attorneys offer a full line-up of legal services for entrepreneurs, including: intellectual property, all aspects of raising capital, commercial contracts, regulatory compliance and labor and employment.
The firm is recognized as a leading law firm by Chambers USA and received 16 First Tier rankings in the inaugural Best Law Firms survey conducted by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in 2010. Almost one third of the attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers. The firm is also the recipient of numerous awards for its efforts in diversity.